Neither Jim Jordan nor his so-called whistleblowers should be taken seriously
Category: News & PoliticsVia: hallux • 2 weeks ago • 31 comments
By: Frank Figliuzzi, MSNBC
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government intended for Thursday’s subcommittee hearing to help prove his point that the FBI has been wrongly targeting conservative agents. Jordan would bring forward whistleblowers, he promised, who would testify that the FBI stripped them of their security clearances for purely political reasons. However, Jordan’s efforts backfired even before they began . The FBI delivered Jordan a letter Wednesday night that lists what the bureau says are the real reasons why his witnesses were found unworthy of their security clearances.
The letter from Christopher Dunham, acting assistant director of the bureau, is a convincing rebuttal of Jordan’s story that the FBI retaliated against well-meaning public servants for expressing views contrary to their agency. Dunham explains that the agents in question had their security clearances revoked, pending appeal, for a number of reasons, including questions about their allegiance, reported criminal conduct, personal misconduct and how sensitive information was handled.
Jordan chose to largely ignore the FBI’s response except to say , “It doesn’t surprise me that the FBI puts out this letter the night before we’re going to have a hearing.” The Democrats on the subcommittee, however, used the FBI’s report to hammer home the point that they weren’t buying what the witnesses were selling.
Even so, Jordan proceeded with his hearing and paraded before the cameras two current FBI employees and one former employee who term themselves “whistleblowers” and who testified that it was only because they expressed various concerns about the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection investigations that the FBI revoked their security clearances.
It’s important, first, to dispel the myth that these agents count as whistleblowers. To be officially designated whistleblowers, FBI employees must follow specific procedures . None of Jordan’s witnesses did so, thus, none of them was granted whistleblower status. More importantly, real FBI whistleblowers must also legitimately attempt to make what’s known as a protected disclosure of serious misconduct or criminal wrongdoing — usually described as waste, fraud or abuse. Yet, the only fraud this hearing exposed was the myth that these claimants are well-meaning patriots.
FBI employee Marcus Allen testified Thursday that he lost his clearance in part because he was simply trying to urge his colleagues to be careful with how they investigated January 6. However, Dunham’s letter says Allen was found to have obstructed the investigation of a January 6 subject. Specifically, the letter says Allen told an agent that there was no information indicating that a particular individual had committed a crime or had a connection to terrorism. Based on that assertion, the agent closed the case. However, another FBI employee found readily available public information about this unnamed subject — who the FBI determined physically assaulted a U.S. Capitol police officer — and passed it to the agent who then re-opened the case.
Allen is also accused of repeatedly espousing conspiracy theories — including that the U.S. government participated in the January 6 violence — to his office mates. According to Wednesday’s letter, he used his FBI email account to send to colleagues a link to a website that claimed, “By now it’s clear that federal law enforcement had some degree of infiltration among the crowds gathered at the Capitol on January 6.” The letter says Allen then added that the website he linked to “brings up serious concerns about USG participation.”
Special Agent Stephen Friend testified that he lost his clearance as a form of retaliation for his beliefs that the U.S. government participated in the Jan. 6 violence. But according to the FBI, Friend’s clearance was revoked after he refused to take part in a court-authorized arrest of a Jan. 6 subject affiliated with the Three Percenters organization . The FBI knew the subject was armed with an assault rifle, had evidence that he’d chemically sprayed officers at the U.S. Capitol and appeared in photos taken that day dressed in full tactical gear and helmet. The subject was suspected of having committed a misdemeanor, but the FBI correctly decided its SWAT team should assist in the arrest. Friend decided that was too aggressive an approach and walked away from his assignment.
As the FBI’s letter noted, an investigation also determined that Friend entered FBI space after hours and downloaded sensitive documents onto an unapproved flash drive. The agency says that when he was asked to take remedial security awareness training, he refused. He’s also accused of secretly recording his FBI supervisors in violation of Florida law. The FBI’s investigation concluded that since his departure from the FBI, former agent Friend gave “multiple unapproved” interviews, including to a Russian media outlet, and he lacked candor while being investigated.
Friend quit the FBI rather than let the administrative process concerning his employment play out. And on Thursday, he didn’t address the FBI’s explanation for taking away his security clearance.
Lest you be concerned about Friend’s future, it appears that he’ll be fine. According to The New York Times , which obtained a 316-page report Democrats put together after three witnesses in the weaponization subcommittee privately testified, Friend testified that Trump adviser Kash Patel sent Friend $5,000 soon after they connected in November and has helped promote the book Friend’s writing about his supposed plight. The Democrats’ report says Patel got Friend his job at the Center for Renewing America , a right-wing think tank.
Patel didn’t confirm Friend’s claim about the $5,000, saying only, “Whistle-blowers who provide credible information exposing government waste, fraud, and abuse serve a critical role for constitutional oversight.”
The FBI’s letter explains that employee Brett Gloss, who did not testify Thursday, had his security clearance revoked based on a concern for his “allegiance to the United States,” his “personal conduct” and his “criminal conduct.” Specifically, the letter says Gloss breached Capitol security on Jan. 6, 2021 and criminally trespassed into the restricted zone. It says he expressed support for the criminal actions of protesters inside the Capitol and lied to investigators about his whereabouts and what he witnessed. He also allegedly betrayed his colleagues by providing photos of FBI agents to someone known to publicly post FBI information that may lead to violence against FBI personnel.
Gloss hasn’t been charged with a crime, but the letter notes that criminal conduct doesn’t have to be charged to be used to determine someone’s ability to hold a clearance. Gloss did not respond to requests for comment from NBC News .
Fox News covered much of Jordan’s charade live on Thursday, while other outlets chose not to. That makes sense for a network that a court determined repeatedly aired falsehoods about fraud in the 2020 election because it fit its preferred narrative. Like other conspiracy theories, this one — that the FBI retaliated against conservative right-wing employees for merely speaking their minds — must be exposed as the fraud that it is. The whistle needs to be blown on the members of Congress perpetrating this fiction.
I have never taken Jim Jordan seriously since he left OSU.
Make sure he goes alone
Hey, Mr. Jordan...you can ignore the FBI letters all you want, but they have evidence. You know what that is, you pedophile loving, stinking wrestling coach son of a bitch? You probably should have read some law books before you went to congress, moron
you pedophile loving,
He isn't a biden supporter.
....pretty sure that's not what I was talking about. But please, George, do tell me what I was referring to.
If you love pedophiles you have to love Biden, he is definitely a pedophile according to his daughter.
Are our drug addled teens growing?
She was in her mid 30s when she wrote about her dad taking inappropriate showers with her as a young girl.
She was in her mid 30s when she wrote about her dad taking inappropriate showers with her as a young girl.
Perhaps she took drugs to help get over what she may have perceived as abuse?
You I will trust for the full quote.
No, I’ve lost weight and haven’t had illegal drugs for decades. You?
Full head of hair and this might piss off the ladies, zero body hair.
George...you need to some homework. Please show where Biden's daughter made that claim
he's the lead shovel on the backfilling crew for xtian conservative pedophile dennis hastert...
That idiocy is nothing but another baseless QAnon lie.
Biden's daughter denies having written or saying anything like that.
That lie was generated by the same folk who invented pizzagate.
[Deleted] Many of your posts here imply that.
All it says is "unproven". The guys who had it were convicted of taking stolen property across state lines. The lady that found it was being investigated for selling it, NOT stealing it.
Yes because the FBI investigates fake diaries. Post a link where Bidens Daughter says it's not hers.
The above-mentioned Harris and Kurlander pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport stolen property across state lines in their sale of the document to Project Veritas.
Now how do you plead guilty to something that is not real?
Is Hunters laptop a russian disinformation campaign? you seem to buy into a lot of lies? are you QAnon CJ?
Funny how when the Democrats presented whistleblowers we were to take them seriously. Now that Republicans are presenting them, we're being told they shouldn't be taken seriously.
Funny how when the Democrats presented whistleblowers we were to take them seriously.
Were they paid by Democrat donors too? If so, please point that out and I'll take your side. Also, I remember quite well how Vindman's character was torn to shreds by the right so that finger of righteous indignation you are pointing can move completely around the whole political circle jerk.
There is a reason Congress passed a whistleblower law and it wasn't because people treated them respect.
Were they paid by Democrat donors too?
Since you are the one brining this up, please feel free to research the answer to your own question. Here, I'll get you started:
I remember quite well how Vindman's character was torn to shreds by the right so that finger of righteous indignation you are pointing can move completely around the whole political circle jerk.
When you alter official documents, your character deserves to be ripped to shreds. Even the military saw him as a problem and removed him from the position.
Since you are the one brining this up, please feel free to research the answer to your own question.
Sure... there are always reasons to put down the other side - whatever that side is - and whoever is saying it. You just beautifully illustrated my point. Thanks!
Since you are the one brining this up, please feel free to research the answer to your own question.Bite me!
Oh, did I hurt your feelings?
It is cute when msnbc tries to convince people what they should or should not take seriously. They must feel people are as dumb as their viewers and are not capable of thinking for themselves.
there's no invoice for a $787.5 million defamation suit loss in their mailbox...
Poor deflection attempt noted and rejected. msnbc is still a hard left propaganda organization.
like it says, ratings do not reflect accuracy or credibility, they reflect perspective only.
Sandmann’s lawsuit sought $800 million from CNN, the Washington Post and NBC Universal. The amounts from any of the three settlements have not been made public.
Oh, and just like NBC Universal, Fox settled out of court. So there is no defamation suit loss.
Heroes of The Russian Federation.